Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn


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I Am NOT a Patient Person!

I learned something about myself today.  Yay!  How exciting….not!

I was watching a Craftsy* class and knitting away.  (I’ll tell you about Craftsy in a minute!)  Ironically, the class was a free one from Quilt Con.  So I was knitting while watching quilt classes.  Anyway, Mary Fons was the speaker.  If you’ve been a quilter for a while, Fons and Porter is a very familiar name.  Liz Porter and Marianne Fons have been in the industry since the early 1970’s.  Liz retired recently, and Mary Fons, Marianne’s daughter, is now part of the show and the company.

Clear as mud?

I was watching a seminar taught by Mary Fons.  She’s energetic, dramatic, and only 32 years old.  She’s not your stereotypical quilter.  She made the comment that people comment all the time that they’re not patient enough to quilt.  Her response was, “I’m not patient!  If I was a patient person, I wouldn’t need to find something to do with my hands ALL THE TIME!”

Read that again:

“I’m not patient!  If I was a patient person, I wouldn’t need to find something to do with my hands ALL THE TIME!”

That is so me!  If I end up sitting for more than thirty seconds, I just about panic if I don’t have my knitting.  I detest going to movies because it’s too dark to knit most things.  I can tolerate a movie on TV if I have knitting.  I knit through my kids concerts and sporting events.  I have a t-shirt that says, “I knit so I don’t kill people.”  That’s not a joke!!!

Knitting, spinning, and quilting, Diet Coke, and most importantly, a relationship with Jesus Christ, make me a nicer person than I would be if I didn’t have those passions!  That’s kinda scary, because I’m not very patient and sweet to begin with!  If I had a soapbox about being a mom, it would be that we need creative outlets if we’re going to survive!  I’ve never worked outside the home, but I have friends that have, and they say the same thing.  Some parts of being a mom are just drop dead boring, and I know this is a touchy subject.  Occasionally, I hear a mom say, “I love everything about being a mom.”

What?  Not me!!!  Laundry and dusting and vacuuming are not the least bit fulfilling to me!  And to be honest, it wasn’t that exciting to watch a beginning softball game, where they never hit….or caught….the ball.  But I could smile and wave at my son and be totally engaged, while I was knitting!  And laundry was made tolerable because I’d work on a quilt between loads of laundry.  That makes a mind numbingly boring day into a day that feeds my need to create.  I can have the best of both worlds.

I would love comments on your thoughts about all of this.  Please be respectful of others opinions!!!

*Craftsy is an online classroom with classes on so many different things.  You can learn to decorate a cake, machine quilt, knit, crochet, spin and more, all from the comfort of your home (or your bed, in my case).  There is a charge for most classes but they’re well worth it.  The teachers are well known and respected in their fields.  I haven’t done a lot of classes yet, but I’ve enjoyed the ones I have done.  Here is the link to the Quilt Con series that I was watching and it’s free!  Make sure to watch the one that Mary Fons did!

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Insert Pithy Title Here

I have a terrible time coming up with interesting titles!  I guess today’s should be Stitching, Quilting, Knitting, and Laundry.  That title would have really grabbed you, huh?  Not so much.

I finished a knitting project and blocked it a week ago, but I’m not terribly excited about it.

I haven’t figured out how to wear it.  See that hunk hanging down?  That’s what it kind of looks like on me too.  I’ll have to play with a shawl pin to see if I can improve the look.  Otherwise it will add color to the pile of shawls in my cupboard.

Pattern:  Caireen, a free pattern from Knitty.

Yarn: Gaia from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  Heavenly!

And then there’s stitching.  I’ve been digging through cupboards in my sewing room and finding all sorts of treasures I’d forgotten about.  I’m not big on hand work, but I found a project I’d started several years ago, and I still want it in my kitchen.

I’m thinking these happy little flowers and some coffee will do wonders for my morning!  I’m so not a morning person.

I’ve also got another quilt on the longarm.  I know!  That’s the second one this week!  And I’m jumping out of my box and not doing a panto on it.  We’ll see if I’m smiling or crying when it’s done.

My other fun project for the day is digging out the laundry room.  Everything has just piled up in there over Christmas.  You can’t even see my pretty washer and dryer.  Lets just say the red washer and dryer haven’t made doing laundry a lot more fun.  I do really like them though.

I’d better get back to the laundry room.  Break time is over!